Skills in Demand

With an English degree, you can do just about anything. An education in English enables you to read closely and critically, to think analytically, to write and communicate, to weigh values, and to understand different peoples and cultures.

All of these skills are highly sought after by employers, making English one of the most versatile and desirable degrees you can earn.

Flexible & Personalized

Our graduate programs strike a crucial balance by combining a generalist vision with a flexible accommodation of individual interests. We create a graduate community where scholarly, creative, pedagogic, and outreach or activist endeavors can flourish.

Our graduate students also take significant part in academic and community endeavors, working at the forefront of local, regional, and national events.


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Begin your journey at UL Lafayette — you never know where it'll bring you.

Department of English

Welcome to the English Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette!

English Studies

We offer a rich history of the study of English dating back to the University’s beginnings over 100 years ago. Today, we offer programs and courses in English at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level. Come study the many dimensions of language and literature with us!

Our engaged faculty and staff provide a great environment to learn, work, and teach in. Our faculty’s varied interests include everything from literature to linguistics, folklore to film, creative writing to cultural studies, rhetoric to Renaissance art. We value a wide-range of research interests because we appreciate the importance of research in the past and the present.


Our B.A. in English is a flexible program designed to give you the opportunity to follow your course interests, especially at the upper-level. Up to 25% of the curriculum courses are slotted as electives so you really have an opportunity to tailor your program to your own personal and career interests.

Our Mission

The mission of the English program is to graduate students who think critically and creatively, appreciate the diversity of human expression, and communicate complex ideas effectively to a variety of audiences. The program promotes a commitment to ongoing learning and research, community engagement, and equity and inclusivity. The English program prepares students to be reflective learners who can pursue advanced degrees, thrive in professional roles, and enrich society.

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We offer English degrees at the M.A. and Ph.D. level. Our program is a literary generalist one, insuring our graduates opting for academic careers are qualified to teach in a number of areas. However, students have flexibility in designing their course of study through a variety of concentrations:

View our Master’s Programs

View our Ph.D. Programs

View our Certificate Programs

View the English Graduate School Handbook


Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

First and foremost, Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity.

President Savoie called on all of the UL Lafayette community 'to erase racial, social, and educational inequities that exist on our campus.' To begin our part in that process, the Department of English acknowledges the foundational, structural racism of our nation, our University, and our discipline, and we know that we must make an accounting of the past injustices with which we have long been complicit. We as a department have not fought hard enough to challenge the racist legacies of our disciplines, which include both centering white, colonial voices and devaluing the long intellectual history of Black and anti-racist writing and thought. In a department of almost 50, we had no Black faculty at any rank during the last academic year. We are lagging behind other English departments and other universities in fighting for racial justice on our campus and in our classrooms, failing to live up to the legacy of our late colleague, Dr. Ernest J. Gaines. The work of an English department should be to challenge the anti-Blackness and racial oppression embedded in the literature we teach, the language we champion, and the pedagogy we practice.

Full statement on our solidarity with Black Lives Matter

English Department Diversity Committee Accountability Report AY 2020-21